Dramatic night in the Setanta Sports Cup last night – high drama, high security and high scores.
Holders Crusaders went out beaten by Cork City, Glentoran were hit by five at Sligo, there was a late leveller in Derry City 1-1 Drogheda United, and there was the live televised clash of Shamrock Rovers and Linfield that didn’t disappoint.
But last night’s scores point towards four League of Ireland sides reaching the semi-finals for the first time ever – and traditionally LOI sides have been dominant.
Mark Quigley was out injured for Shamrock Rovers last night, and neither Peter Thompson nor Denis Behan scored – but Rory Patterson did move up the all-time scoring charts by netting in Derry’s one-all draw with Drogheda. Ciarán Kilduff’s brace for Rovers against Linfield has seen him break into the top 25 scorers also.
Cork City remain the top scorers of all-time thanks to their three-goal haul against Crusaders – they’e the first side to reach four semi-finals (semis weren’t played in 2005) and of the 438 goals scored so far in the competition history, only five have been own goals – and Cork are the only side to benefit twice.
And last night’s glut of goals saw four SSC club records set….
Ah, you’ll say. It’s not the same Cork City or Derry City any more so the “newcos” should be separate? The FAI stats and media guide don’t agree with you – so feel free to take it up with them.